Temporary social grant increases to stop

Finance minister Tito Mboweni gestures as he delivers his medium-term budget policy statement in parliament on Wednesday.
Image: Esa Alexander

The government will no longer continue with the temporary increases to social grants which were introduced to mitigate the economic effects of Covid-19 on the poor.

Among the increased grants that will revert to their original amount are child-support and old-age grants. The grants were temporarily increased by between R300 and R500 a month in April to cushion the poor from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.

Finance minister Tito Mboweni made the announcement in parliament on Wednesday as he tabled the 2020 medium-term budget policy statement.

Mboweni told MPs that the temporary grant increases would now be stopped, as they were no longer affordable.

“The temporary increases in other grants will unfortunately have to come to an end,” said Mboweni.

The move is likely to be interpreted as a slap in the face of poor communities by civil society organisations, who have been calling on Mboweni to instead introduce further increases to social grants.

However, Mboweni has confirmed that the special Covid-19 social grant of R350 per month would remain in place until the end of January next year.

“Because this grant is so effective in reaching the unemployed, we propose to redirect R6.8bn from the public employment programme allocation,” he said.

TimesLIVE

By Thabo Mokone – TimesLIVE

2 COMMENTS

  1. Relax we wont vote you can’t stop giving r940 for children because as we are parents we dont get any income food has increased

  2. As caregivers we can’t afford to pay school fees,buy foods,clothes with the amount of 440 because some of us are single parents, we are pleading with you to at least give us the amount of 940 until January please
    Since it’s December children needs new clothes and at the month of January they needs new uniform, and school books

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